Updates from On-Site (August 2021)


O2X Specialist Updates

Updates from On-site

Our science-backed human performance development programs are delivered through in-person training, virtual resources, assessments, and analysis, but additionally, O2X has helped numerous agencies fill full-time human performance positions within their organizations, designed to improve the mental, physical, and emotional health of its members. 

Check out what some of our On-site Specialists have been up to below, and check out https://o2x.com/programs/ to learn more about this unique O2X service.

Massachusetts Army National Guard (MAANG) Update from Devon Smith, O2X Strength and Conditioning Specialist:

Throughout August, we had several engagements with our MA Air National Guard Airmen. We kicked off our final Foundations workshop for the year with the Airmen of the 102nd Intelligence Wing, as well as attended the TIME (Technical Sergeants Involved and Mentoring Enlisted Airmen) Leadership Conference. One of our O2X Resilience Specialists presented to the TIME conference attendees, while I hosted morning PT on the front green of the conference center during the 4-day event. This past month, we also performed O2X Readiness Assessments and delivered EAT SWEAT THRIVE education for several units across the state. In September, we will be hosting two Capstone workshop events for MA ANG Airmen and another one-day workshop for the Student Flight Airmen of both the 104th Fighter Wing and the 102nd Intelligence Wing.

Massachusetts National Guard (MANG) Update from Gianna Roma, O2X Nutrition Specialist:

During the month of August I had the opportunity to complete a few projects I have been wanting to accomplish. Since we are approaching the end of the first contract year having a Nutrition Specialist for MANG, I wanted to receive feedback on a very popular resource I offer, which is the individualized nutrition consultations. The initial consultations are about 1 hour in length, during which time I obtain pertinent information from soldiers/airmen, medical history, and desired achievements. I finish the consultations by offering some nutrition education and a few goals, which I follow up on monthly. To date, I have met with more than 50 airmen/soldiers, so, with the help of O2X, I created a short 10 question survey for them to complete and provide feedback. I received some awesome responses including:

 “I was able to tone down and lower body fat percentage”

“I have been losing a pound a week for 15 weeks straight. I don’t feel hungry and I feel like I have the power to make a lifelong sustained habit change.”

“Thank you for the information to transform my life to a level I never thought.”

“Out of all the professionals I have talked to, she is the first to really help me” 

“This information should be given to everyone joining the Army.” 

Another project I completed, in partnership with public affairs, was creating a grocery store video to provide advice on how to be a smart shopper. During the short clip, I talk about starting with a game plan and a full stomach, shopping the perimeter of the store for more wholesome natural options, choosing lean proteins, choosing whole grains, and being cautious with condiments. This video will be shared with military men and women on different social media platforms, so they know how to better fuel their bodies by keeping an eye on what foods they bring inside their own homes. 

Additionally, I continued my weekly recipe post, my monthly flyers (this month on smoothies), and nutrition presentations (this one on hydration).

Frederick County Update from Kayla Schmit, On-site Specialist with Frederick Co. Fire Department: 

It has been a hot and humid month in Frederick. With two recruit classes operating simultaneously, we are constantly competing against the clock to get everything in before it gets too hot to operate outside. The main emphasis for this month has been proper hydration in both preparation and recovery. Ensuring proper protocols are followed in these conditions is critical. We closely monitor all activities and alter schedules based on the weather. With that being said, Liquid IV has generously donated enough samples to share with every member of the fire department. These have come in handy during burn weeks when the recruits and instructors are operating controlled burns in the extreme heat and humidity. Here in Frederick, we emphasize working hard, but recovering harder. We stay combat ready.

DC Fire & EMS Updates from Ryan Glaize and Conner Freeland, On-site Specialists:

 August was a busy month for recruits — Class 396 graduated August 13th, and they gave great feedback on the O2X program. Recruits reported feeling stronger, faster, and more confident in their abilities. Class 398 started on August 9th and began going through the Readiness Assessment. This is a crucial part of the program, as it establishes baseline data for each recruit. If you aren’t assessing, you’re guessing!

Firehouse training sessions have been a great success, with more than 20 sessions completed. These have also been made easier due to equipment deliveries — medicine balls, sand bags, and resistance bands have been dropped off to firehouses as additional training tools for the gyms. It’s beneficial knowing you can get a workout done even on shift!

Arlington County Update from Trevor Sheasley, On-site Specialist with Arlington County Fire Department:

The last full month of summer was a hot and humid one in the D.C., Maryland, Virginia area. With most days well past 90 degrees, we placed an emphasis on hydrating and modifying the group training to prevent the potential for heat illnesses. Sessions were moved to earlier in the morning and breaks were incorporated into each session. 

Recruit Class 80 has been issued the gear needed for the upcoming fire school training. We were able to have several orientation days in this gear to show the recruits how their movement is altered, and how to properly pace their efforts. One recruit noted, “This stuff gets warm and stays warm.” Another stated they could tell their heart rate was higher than it would be if they were not wearing the equipment. These orientation days were vital for the recruits, because it gave them a safe environment to experience their movements with little to no load. As we approach fire school the recruits will be learning the essentials of being firefighters and what it takes to be on the fireground.